* “During the pandemic… all the leads were taken… back and forth. We put drums and sax live in the studio. The first single “Speak softly” came out last year. He reached the Top 30 (on the charts). It worked pretty well, ”said the jazz guitarist. dee brown on his last album “Deep secrets” (Innervision Records) released in September 2021.
Brown purposefully spells his first name with a lowercase “d” to, as he put it, “to sound more authentic as an artist.” His fifth solo album, “Deep Secrets”, has a lot of support from musicians and singers – back and forth to make it work. Featured on the project are singer Gerard Brooks; saxophonist Merlon Devine; singer Blair Bryant and trumpeter Lin Rountree.
The album is dedicated to Dee Brown’s late mother and new granddaughter. Asked about the album’s message, he replied: “Life goes on, it’s a revolving door. Not just for me (because his mother passed away around the same time he had a grandchild) but for everyone. My granddaughter is new to the world… doesn’t know anything.
The album “Deep Secrets” also benefits from the help of Dezie McCullers, Jr. (sax); Nate Harasim (keyboard / piano); Michael Parlett (sax); Ed Tate (bass); Darryl Williams (bass); Tony Moore (drums); Valden Brantley (keyboard / piano); Gérard Gibbs (piano); Ron Otis (drums), and is produced by Grammy nominee Blake Aaron, Grammy nominee Valdez Brantley, Darren Rahn and Harasim.
“I started this thing in 2007,” said dee of his solo music career. “The music side, I do that all the time… to make money. The record company does a lot for you… but you may also need to invest some money… show that you believe in yourself.
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Over the course of his career, Brown has performed for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Jeffrey Osborne, Ohio Players, Spyro Gyra, Gerald Albright, Najee, Mindi Abair, Paul Brown – to name a few. My favorite songs on the 11-track “Deep Secrets” project include # 1 “Love You Too” for its cute, finger-snapping groove; # 4 “Surrender” because the dee strings almost sound like keys, a whimsical sound; # 6 “Wake Up” for its nice groove and the way the bites seem to sing; # 7 the cover of “Praise Is What I Do” with Gerard Brooks on vocals and Merlon Devine on saxophone, because of the way it starts to sound like there are violins, to find out later as we go. measure of the transition this is Gerard Gibbs playing on the keyboard and also I love the way the sax takes over as the featured instrument and then it dances with the strings, and how superbly the voice seals the song like a masterpiece, but once you hear the lyrics you can start shedding tears of joy from your eyes like I did; title song # 8 “Deep Secrets” features Blair Byrant on vocals and is a nice jazzy selection where the strings sometimes sound like keys; # 9 “Controlled Passion” features Merlon Devine on saxophone, I love the way the strings and saxophone dance together, then the expertly transition to keys played by Valdez, and # 10 “Tie The Knot” puts starring Lin Rountree on trumpet, I love his jazzy sound and the way the horn wows you with its sweetness. www.deeBrownMusic.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Mosley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The pulse of entertainment. She is also a public relations strategist and business management consultant at Freelance Associates, and director of promotions (at-large) for Baltimore weather. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: Uplifting Minds II Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is in its 22nd year. The next events are coming Los Angeles Saturday, November 6, 2021 via Zoom videoconferencing and Baltimore Saturday April 16, 2022 à via Zoom Conferencing presented by Security Square Mall and Baltimore weather. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a question-and-answer session with a business management panel, a talent showcase and a talent competition (singing, songwriting, dancing and acting) where budding artists have the chance to receive over $ 16,000 worth of prizes / products / services. Log on to www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for the Zoom Access email [email protected]